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Federal Prohibition Agent William Edwin Collins | United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, U.S. Government United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, U.S. Government

Federal Prohibition Agent

William Edwin Collins

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Friday, March 6, 1925

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Louisiana

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1928

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Federal Prohibition Agent Williams Collins and Deputy Sheriff Samuel Duhon, of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, were shot and killed in an ambush while en route to a liquor raid.

Other agents began searching for the two men when they failed to show up for the raid. Their bodies were found the following day riddled with bullets, in the back seat of their vehicle in a cemetery near Starks, Louisiana.

Two brothers were arrested, convicted of both murders, and sentenced to death. One was hanged on January 28, 1928. The other suspect had his death sentence commuted to life.

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Deputy Sheriff Samuel E. Duhon
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana
End of Watch: Friday, March 6, 1925
Cause: Gunfire

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Entrusted with an unpopular job enforcing an unpopular law, you none-the-less went out, faced the dangers and did that job. Though it was a law I personally felt was wrong, I understand the purpose behind it and have nothing but respect for those that tried to do the right thing, especially those who sacrificed their lives doing so.

God Bless you Agent Collins on this 90th anniversary of your gruesome murder, and may you forever Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
March 6, 2015

 

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